Our goals for 2018 and how we measure and track them. Money goals | Family goals | Fitness goals | Health goals | Whole foods plant based diet

During the two weeks off work during the winter holidays, Alin and I did a lot of planning. 2017 wasn’t the best year, and we’re determined to make this one much more productive. This is how we planned, how we’re tackling and how we’re tracking our goals for 2018. Goals for 2018 1. A home routine that works for everyone I know I sound a little bit like Theresa May there, but after we moved home last March, everything has been very chaotic. The house is bigger and requires a lot of attention, many things totally new for someone who always lived in a flat.Read More →

I know some people want to try Veganuary and there are many who are just wondering how it might be going vegan. We’ve been vegan for almost two years now and flexitarians for another year and a half before that, so if you need some advice, here’s mine. 1. Your heart has to be in the right place – Find your WHY What’s your motivation? The reason behind anything you do determines if you’re going to be successful or not. There are people who do it for health (plant-based diets were proven to be very efficient in heart-related problems) or people like us, who do it for the animalsRead More →

It’s our second month of the saving £25k in 18 months journey. August went well, but it’s a constant effort. Every day we do some more research, we hunt offers and plan our spending carefully. We started using a few cashback apps and websites, and these are our favourites. Quidco How it works: Before shopping online on your favourite retailers’ websites, you check Quidco to see if there are any offers available (e.g. 2% cashback). When you find something suitable for you, you proceed to the retailer’s website, but through Quidco so they can track your purchase. You do your shopping as usual, and QuidcoRead More →

Ohh, it’s almost September. Hello, Autumn, I missed you. But before getting excited about everything that’s coming up, let’s see how August went. It was the first month of our 18 months to £25k journey. At the beginning of the month, we didn’t know what to expect. We blindly set the goal of £1389 a month and just hoped for the best. Read on to see if we made it. We focused on three big things this month: food, transportation and monthly subscriptions. 1. Food First of all, we set a weekly budget of £40 plus a monthly online shop of £50 (for a totalRead More →

If you’re not among the few lucky people that get to work from home on a regular basis, it means you have to spend a reasonable amount of time commuting. The average commute for a Londoner is 45 minutes to 1h one way, but there are many people (like us) who decide that their living standards are more important than the distance to the workplace and live much further away. I spend 3 hours commuting on every day I go to London, so doing something useful with those 3 hours is pretty important. Otherwise, they just go to waste. When we were living in London,Read More →

I love trying new things, experimenting keeps fitness fun and gives your muscles a surprise now and then. As a fitness blogger, I was invited to try SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Pilates with Ruth Tongue at WakeUp Docklands in London during their class launch day. Pilates on water on a shaky board? Count me in! Getting there Once I arrived in London Liverpool Street, I took the Central Line to Bank and then the DLR to West Silvertown. Royal Victoria is also a good station on the DLR or if you’re not so afraid as I am you can get the Emirates Cable Car from NorthRead More →

I was unsure if I should post this or not, we haven’t told too many people that our house was broken into, we try not to consider it a big deal. And honestly, it’s not, because they didn’t steal anything. There was nothing to be stolen. Here’s the story. Our minimalist home We embraced minimalism almost one year ago – we sold, donated, recycled or in extreme cases threw away, most of our possessions. We kept the essentials, the things we use regularly and the things we love. You can read about our adventure here. Mid-March this year we left our London flat to escapeRead More →

Our May Bank Holiday weekend started with a short trip to London for the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair. We got our tickets for free in exchange for this blog post, but what we’re super happy about is that someone else also had free tickets after the giveaway we hosted on the blog. YEY! Hope our winner had a day as nice as we had, putting a smile on someone’s face is always rewarding. Getting there was pretty easy, Alexandra Palace having its own train station, on a direct line from Hertford North. We dropped off our Beagles with a friend and had a few hours toRead More →

A while ago I started a Money Series on the blog, and if you read the blog post and tried to budget for a month, you have successfully finished Step 0 – Now you know what you’re spending money on. If you didn’t, you could start now as the month has just begun. Step 1 is one of the most important and life-changing ones. The Emergency Fund. It’s usually a sum between 1000$ and 1500$ (it’s the average amount that could cover almost any type of standard emergency), but depending on your currency you might just settle for something else. For us, it was 5300 RON.Read More →

If you want to spend a fabulous day out in London, watching expert demonstrations, listening to entertaining talks, discovering wonderfully creative British crafts people or trying all sorts of mouthwatering foods and drinks, I have the perfect thing for you! I have a pair of tickets to the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair that I can offer to one of my readers. And not only that, but I also have a discount code for anyone who would like to purchase a discounted ticket. Here’s a bit about the fair. This year The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair moves to an exciting new venue, where theRead More →